PRS Foundation revealed its five-year independent evaluation of the Momentum Music Fund at the Brighton Great Escape Festival in May 2018, including that it has supported 273 artists and has generated over £13 million for the British music industry.
Momentum provides career-boosting grants of £5,000–£15,000 to acts at a pivotal time in their creative and business development. Artists based anywhere in the whole of the UK, working in any style of contemporary popular music can apply for Momentum funding to support activities such as recording, touring and marketing.
Arts Council England and Core Cities UK have launched an enquiry into the future of culture in cities, including how policy makers, funders and culture organisations can build resources to enable culture to flourish. The intention is to use the insight and evidence gathered to produce a report in autumn 2018 and you can submit evidence as a local authority or culture organisation before 30 May 2018.
The enquiry will look at:
The Digital, Culture, Media and Sport Committee is asking for evidence and case studies that can help prove the positive impact of arts, cultural activities and sport on health, community and education. The Committee invites evidence from the public, organisations and others with relevant expertise, on the questions to think about below, by 22 February 2018.
The Committee will focus on five major themes: social mobility, health, crime reduction, education, community engagement and diversity.
Telegraph Hill Festival was founded in the mid-1990s as a voluntary, not-for-profit, arts Festival celebrating the local community.
How it works
The Festival operates on a simple model: everyone involved is a volunteer. From the organisers to the box-office teams, bar staff to artists and performers, all are unpaid volunteers drawn from the community.
A new study into matched crowdfunding has found that it leverages more funds, attracts new funders and increases fundraising skills for arts and heritage organisations and projects.
The study supported by Department for Digital, Culture, Media & Sport (DCMS), Arts Council England (ACE), Lottery Heritage Funds and Nesta was launched 12 October and sets out its recommendations from an analysis of a pilot match crowdfunding scheme for arts and heritage projects.
An independent review of the UK creative industries sector, led by Sir Peter Bazalgette, Chair of ITV and commissioned by the government, has made recommendations that could lead to the sector worth increase to £128.4 million by 2025 and provide up to one million new jobs by 2030.
The review outlines recommendations on how the creative industries can help build the UK economy with the government – removing barriers to growth from access to finance, issues with intellectual property, highlighting trade and areas with high numbers of companies that will drive regional growth.
Between the mid-1950s and the early 1980s, Britain witnessed a boom in theatre building, at a range of scales from modest amateur venues to such multi-auditorium complexes as the National Theatre. The acceleration in theatre building was in response to post-war regeneration and the Housing the Arts scheme. Theatres built in this period are now reaching a critical point in their lifespan and many are in need of refurbishment and rejuvenation.
Hull's designation as City of Culture has seen nine out of ten residents taking part in a cultural activity in the opening months of 2017, more than double the number before the city's bid for the title. Findings from an evaluation carried out by University of Hull's Culture, Place and Policy Institute (CPPI) also revealed that seven out of ten residents believe this is having a positive impact on the lives of local people.
Spring is finally here, and the month of April also marks Shakespeare's Birthday celebrations. In this month's Culture Diary calendar image we chose one of our highlights from 2016, which was an immersive theatre performance 'Sunk Punk' by Salon Collective, that I conceived to showcase two highlight events - 400 Years of Shakespeare and 40 Years of Punk and our British House at Rio 2016!